The Cass at Calcutta House
The Cass evolves
At the end of this academic year, students and staff from The Cass currently based in Central House will move to join their peers in nearby Calcutta House, bringing the school together in one location. This follows the successful move from Commercial Road to new facilities in Calcutta House last year. Teaching at Central House will continue as normal throughout the 2016/17 academic year.
Summer Show 2017
In June, the 2017 Cass Summer Show will take place in Central House. For the first time this will be a single event, using the whole building, to celebrate the work of all areas of the School together. On 1 July The Bank Gallery at Central House will be one of the main venues for Art Night – an all-night art event happening across East London. In order to prepare Central House for this mammoth festival of art, architecture and design, some teaching in Central House will move to Calcutta House in the summer term.
We are busy preparing the new facilities in Calcutta House for those making the move from Central House. Construction works began in the New Year, and we will be posting photographs documenting the progress on these pages soon.
The whole project will be completed by August 2017, with all of The Cass located in Calcutta House for the start of the 2017/18 academic year.
You can also see initial architect's drawings for the scheme in the lobbies of Central House and Calcutta House now.
Where will my course be?
The Calcutta complex is an extensive area which incorporates the Calcutta House, Goulston Street, and Annex buildings. Courses currently based in Central House will occupy the following areas at Calcutta:
- Studio space for Fine Art and Photography will be in the Annex building.
- Architecture will be in Goulston Street.
- Jewellery & Silversmithing will be located on the fifth floor of Calcutta House.
- The Extended Degree will occupy the fourth floor of Calcutta House.
- The photography darkrooms will be in Calcutta Basement.
- Ceramics and casting will have new spaces on the ground floor of Calcutta House.
- The fine metal workshop will be on the fifth floor of Calcutta House.
- The Goulston Street atrium will host exhibitions as well as being a social space alongside a newly-refurbished cafe.
The process of moving out of Central House will start with the preparations for The Cass Summer Show (23 June—8 July). This is a single event for the first time and will be on all levels of the Central House, so the building will be substantially cleared after the end of teaching and assessment.
The first moves however will be at Easter when the MA by Project, Fine Art MA and Photography MA studios, together with the spring start Extended Degree students, will move to Calcutta House. This will ensure their teaching is minimally disrupted during the Summer Show.
At the start of June, after assessment submissions, the IT suites in CE1-17 and CE1-18 will be removed. Students will continue to have access to the PCs and Macs in Calcutta House and in the Aldgate Library where there are a larger number of CAD spec machines too. Furniture from all areas that is not needed for the show will be progressively removed during this period too.
What’s already in Calcutta House?
In September 2016, areas of The Cass, previously based in Commercial Road, moved into Calcutta House. The move saw the creation of a new array of teaching, making and learning spaces in which to deliver our multi-disciplinary studio model.
3D design, interiors, visual communications, music and film courses are now based in Calcutta House, which was originally a tea warehouse, and the decor has been stripped back to provide the backdrop for our brand new, bespoke facilities. The ground floor was stripped out to create a metal workshop and wood workshops at the heart of the building. The basement accommodates the film studios, a digital print workshop, a finishing workshop and the on-site hire shop. The first floor is now home to eight of the studios for furniture and interiors and a model-making workshop. Upstairs on the second-floor, there are seven more studios for visual communications and print, stitch and weave studios for textiles. The print workshop with its letterpress is also located on the second floor, while on the fourth floor are the musical instrument workshops and upholstery studios. First Year design students have access to three large open-plan studios located on the third floor and topping off the refurbishment are two new studios for fashion on the fifth floor.
For the year 2016/17 academic year, The Cass will remain in two locations in close proximity. Students currently in Central House will continue to study there. Central House will continue to be home to The Bank Gallery, the key exhibition space for the school. Calcutta House, meanwhile, is now home to the enhanced Cass Library as well as the majority of the workshops, so it is likely that you, as students at The Cass, will spend time across both of your buildings.
The Cass has a proud and strong tradition in evolving and transforming to stay relevant and seize new opportunity. This year, we have launched our new undergraduate degree courses Publishing BA (Hons), Fashion Accessories and Jewellery BA (Hons) and Painting BA (Hons). We are also working to London Met’s long-term strategy to bring all of its teaching together in one location. The One Campus, One Community project is investing £125 million into the University to create brand new facilities, enable new technology opportunities and further develop our curriculum in a single, unified campus in Islington. This will see all of The Cass move together to Islington in 2020.
Explore our new world
This page includes downloadable PDF maps and plans to help you to find your course areas in Calcutta House. The plans below show the organisation of teaching spaces in Calcutta House. Students will also be using the lecture theatres in the attached Goulston Street and Old Castle Street blocks, and the cafe is also in Goulston Street.
This is such an exciting time for The Cass and we are now even closer to seeing the whole community brought together as one in our new home at Calcutta House.
Be sure to download the PDF maps provided below to check out the range of facilities that are now accessible to you!
We hope you enjoy working in your new facilities and wish you a smooth start to the new academic year.
Follow the transformation
We’re documenting Calcutta House's transformation into a new home for The Cass. Take a look at our image gallery to follow its progress.
- Film & Broadcast studios
- Sound studios
- Music Technology
- IT Suite
- Digital Manufacturing
- Bench workshop
- Metal workshop
- Wood workshops
- Bench workshops
- Student Hub
- Student Union
- library entrance
- Furniture and Product studios
- Interiors studios
- Model Making studio
- AVID Suite
- staff offices
- careers and employability
- Visual Communications studios
- Textile studios
- Print workshops
- IT Suites
- staff offices
- First Year studios
- Musical Instrument workshop
- Bench workshop
- Upholstery studios
- IT Suite
- seminar rooms
- staff offices
- Fashion studios
- Prayer Room
- lecture theatre
- staff offices